finally

The sound of the black powder rifle is still ringing in my ears even though it has been 20 minutes or so since I heard it. This sound makes me glad that I didn’t choose to go for my usual walk to the stream this afternoon. The stream has other concerns these days as we are one day into hunting season. It is my least favorite time of year…I am on the fence about hunting in general, but I definitely don’t want to be physically anywhere near where it is happening. It could be detrimental to my health.

So I am going to spend the time getting to posts that have been on the back burner. Max, never one to mince words, says “Finally…it’s about damn time. NOW can you write about our walk last week…and don’t forget to put in lots of pictures of me, you know that people find cats way more interesting than the silly nature stuff you usually post.” And I, the dutiful cat owner, say “of course Max…whatever you want”

So here goes.

We met at the prayer flags. They are totally bleached, but I figure that they are still blowing blessings far and wide so it’s not time to change them yet.

the beginning
the beginning

Max asked me where we were going so I turned around and pointed. “There” I said.

the destination
the destination

“Then I should come and protect you against anything scary.” I was glad to have his company.

Our first stop was to check the ribbon piece (which, incidentally, is still waiting for the last two pieces to come home from the painter’s). They are still beautifully pink. In the yellow orange light of the late afternoon sun, they actually glowed.

ribbon

still pink!
still pink!

I took some pictures of ordinary leaves because I was in an ordinary mood.

an ordinary twosome
an ordinary twosome
another ordinary oak leaf
another ordinary oak leaf

And then, because even ordinary things have interesting moments, I got mesmerized by one leaf that was being affected by the wind.

no wind
no wind
wind
wind
no wind
no wind

Max was still with me although he was disgusted at my fascination for something so mundane as a leaf. He has more important things on his mind.

he's still coming
he’s still coming

We made it all the way down to the bottom of the hill before I found more things to take pictures of.

The bittersweet is still there, although it is starting to show its age.

still there
still there

Max made sure that the stream is still there…

checking out the stream
checking out the stream

…and then took a moment to hang out on my shoe, one of his favorite spots.

on my foot
on my foot

Since I couldn’t move, I decided to take a photo of the end of a November day.

goodbye to another day
goodbye to another day

Max, being a cat, must take many breaks.

cats need their rest
cats need their rest

So I went off without him, around the corner to check on the Winterberry and Chokeberry. They are still there and still beautiful and still too far away for me to get close to.

still there
still there

Wondering where Max had gone while I was off on an adventure, I called him. I shouldn’t have wondered. He was right where I left him.

waiting for me
waiting for me

I waited for him to catch up.

I'm walking
I’m walking
very serious
very serious
wait a minute, I hear something
wait a minute, I hear something

Dogs barked in the distance which is always cause for concern.

dogs barking
dogs barking

At this point I found one of the most fun things on the walk. Three water beads on a blade of grass. I realize that this might sound a little insane but for me it was a mini-magical moment that was all mine. I will share it with you because I am that sort of person. Max, of course, was not terribly impressed. He sees them all the time.

my turn to dawdle
my turn to dawdle
I'm not impressed
I’m not impressed

Then I started walking back over some black walnuts that have been on the ground a good long while. My not-so-inner artist came out and I had to play with them.

sculpture
sculpture

Max, knowing it might be a while, went to check out the brambles but didn’t find anything. I continued to play.

there's nothing interesting in there
there’s nothing interesting in there

walnuts walnuts

multiples
multiples

I won’t have this ability for too much longer, most of the walnuts look like this…the squirrels have been busy.

squished
squished

As we came back up the hill towards the house, Max decided he needed one more break.

exhausted
exhausted

The light was waning, the air was growing colder so we parted at the prayer flags and made a date for another walk…some time after hunting season. You are invited too…

buh bye
buh bye

9 thoughts on “finally

    1. max sends his regards to Ivy.
      The ribbon does look amazing in the snow. I can’t wait to have all the pieces together and have it snow…I will definitely post pictures of that!!!

  1. Glad you had Max to protect you on your walk! His spots are so beautiful. I really like the ribbon sculpture; it embraces the surrounding nature so well. and I love all the wood you have stockpiled for the winter, puts my little stockpile to shame!

    1. We heat our house with the outdoor wood burner and need up to 10 cords depending on how cold the winter is. I would love to have a smaller stockpile but until we finish insulating this house, we will have to go through a lot of trees. (BTW, we only stack it, it comes already split from the guy across the street).

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